Answers to Your Questions about Cancer Counseling
by Pam Abernethy, MED, LPC
Cancer can take a huge emotional toll on both the individual who has been diagnosed and his or her family. While they are dealing with the physical side effects of cancer and its treatment, few people recognize that they are also struggling with an emotional condition called cancer trauma. Unfortunately, many people with cancer and their families do not seek professional help when dealing with this trauma.
by Sona Mehring, CaringBridge Founder
CaringBridge is driven by the need and desire to help anyone dealing with cancer or any other serious health event by connecting them with loved ones.
Cancer for College
by Craig Pollard, with Greg Flores
At 19, the disease reared its ugly head again, and this time it meant business. I watched from a hospital bed as my friends, family, baseball career, and college experience all seemed to slip away. One night, I had a conversation with God and pleaded for my health. In return, I vowed to make a difference.
Working the System
by Kairol Rosenthal
Doctors make mistakes. Computers err. People are lazy. The healthcare system is buckling. When I think about sparing my lungs from metastases, saving my vocal chords from unnecessary surgery, and getting the best treatment regimen possible, I approach the challenges of the system as if I’m on a personal vendetta. Here are some tips I have learned that may help you work the healthcare system to your advantage.
by APOS staff
The Institute of Medicine report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs concludes that it is not possible to deliver quality cancer care without addressing psychosocial health needs. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that psychological and social problems created or exacerbated by cancer can be effectively addressed with a number of services and interventions.
by Spirit Jump staff
Spirit Jump is a grassroots nonprofit organization that sends cards and gifts to cancer fighters for the purpose of lifting their spirits and letting them know they are not alone in their battle.
What Is Palliative Care?
by Paul Glare, MD
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, treatment is obviously the number one priority. However, at the same time, most people diagnosed with cancer may be in pain, feel nauseous, or be short of breath. They are likely to be anxious, angry, or depressed. And their family and friends may need support. Addressing these multiple issues in a comprehensive and coordinated way is called palliative care.
The Oncology Nurse
by Virginia R. Martin, RN, MSN, AOCN
An oncology registered nurse is an essential partner for a person with a cancer diagnosis. The nurse who specializes in cancer care provides comfort, commitment, and a professional guiding hand to the person with cancer and his or her family as the plan of treatment is outlined after a diagnosis is confirmed.